All these trails begin in the area known as Puerto Rico Bajo (2). To get there one must go to the new cemetery that lies at the start of the Ojén road (A-355). From the A-7, take the exit by the La Cañada shopping centre.
When at the door of the cemetery, take the road going down and leave the cemetery to your right. Continue on until reaching Carril de la Via (1) where there is the Cascada de Puente Palos car park and a road to the right. On this road to the right is one of four panels indicating the start of a trail, which are located throughout the entire southern face of the Sierra Blanca. To get to the Puerto Rico Bajo car park (2) continue 500 metres along this road.
DESCRIPTION OF THE ROUTE
The road turns into a track with a chain that prevents vehicular access. Continue along this track and after some 300 metres there is a signpost (3), at which point you must leave the track and turn right towards Puerto Rico Alto-Ojén. The trail continues ascending until arriving at Hoya de los Cabañiles (33) where there is another signpost. Here you must turn left towards Puerto Rico Alto.
From here continue to the left towards Puerto Rico Alto gaining a little height and enjoying unrivalled views of Tajo Travertino. This section ends in the ruins of Casa de la Finca (5) which is next to a deserted fruit orchard. Here there is another signpost and the path coincides with the ascent to Juanar until, a few metres further on, you reach the dry riverbed of the Puerto Rico Alto spring (5).
The river only bears water when, during the rainy season, the housing located amongst the bushes a few metres to the east overflows.
Here there is a signpost indicating you must turn left towards Puerto las Pitas. The path continues until it crosses the stream which runs down the ravine and from there ascends along the side of Loma de la Caseta until arriving at Puerto del Pino.
From Puerto del Pino there are splendid views of Cañada de la Represa with Pico de Juanar and Tajo Negro to the left, the Puerto Rico Alto plateau at our feet and the Valley of Puerto Rico Bajo to the south. The path crosses Cañada de la Laja and goes up Loma del Lobo until it reaches Puerto de las Pitas (26).
Here there is a signpost indicating you must turn left towards Mirador de los Gitanos (27). This viewing point is a must to enjoy the magnificent views it offers over the coast of Marbella.
Take the path once again and continue a marked decline to Hoya de las Golondrinas where there is another signpost (28) close to Puerto de Santillana (29). Here take the direction indicating Montúa.
Continue descending Cañada de Santillana until arriving at the Montúa clearing, where you will find the last signpost (30) and from there descend towards the Puerto Rico Bajo car park where the path ends (2).
Length: 6 Km.
Time: 3 h.